GOTEBORG, SWEDEN, DEC. 18 -- Anders Jarryd put Sweden on the verge of its third Davis Cup tennis title in four years today with an expected straight-sets victory over Indian veteran Vijay Amritraj.
Jarryd, a replacement for Stefan Edberg, the world's No. 2 player who has a foot injury, won, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1, in 1 hour 41 minutes. That gave Sweden a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five finals after Mats Wilander beat top Indian singles player Ramesh Krishnan, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.
Australia, which beat the United States in Phildelphia in 1939, is the only nation ever to win after trailing, 2-0, in the final.
Jarryd probably will be paired with Edberg in the potential Cup-winning doubles match Saturday against brothers Anand and Vijay Amritraj.
Playing on his favorite surface, red clay, Wilander defeated Krishnan in 1 hour 55 minutes in front of a capacity crowd of 12,000 at the Scandinavium sports center.
Jarryd, ranked 15th to the 34-year-old Amritraj's 216 rating, won, 7-5, in the decisive set of their previous meeting in August.
Wilander was relentless against the 5-foot-7 Krishnan, with the difference in their serves a decisive factor. Krishnan, whose weak delivery probably has kept him ranked in the 50s rather than the 20s in the world standings, had six double-faults and no aces. Wilander, meanwhile, peaked on the clay. The Swedish ground-stroke specialist had nine aces, no double-faults and put 70 percent of his first serves in play.
Krishnan, trying to disturb Wilander's rhythm, mixed high, slicing backhands with sharply angled forehands and volleys, but the long rallies depleted his energy after the first set.
"It was sort of what I had expected," said Wilander, who boosted his Davis Cup singles record to 29-7. "I broke him early on and easily held my serve in the first set. I think that put him off."
Krishnan, 26, who won five of six Davis Cup singles en route to the final, recognized the mismatch. "He was better in all aspects of the game," he said. "I tried everything I could, but he was always a step ahead of me."
Krishnan wrote tennis history in one way, as he and his father Ramanathan became the only father and son to have played Davis Cup finals. Ramanathan led India to the 1966 final, won by Australia, 4-1.
Wilander broke in the first game and took the opening set, 6-4, without surrendering his service.
The Swede raced to a 4-0 lead in the second set. Krishnan held his serve in the fifth game but Wilander, after holding serve, concluded the 28-minute set with another break, at 15.
Wilander broke in the second and fourth games of the final set but dropped his serve in the third game on Krishnan's first break point in the match. The match ended in characteristic fashion as Wilander served an ace.
Sweden, playing its fifth straight final, trounced the United States, 4-1, in 1984 and beat West Germany, 3-2, in the 1985 final in Munich.